Screen Adaptation: A Scriptwriting Handbook by Kenneth PortnoyScreen Adaptation: A Scriptwriting Handbook by Kenneth Portnoy

Screen Adaptation: A Scriptwriting Handbook

byKenneth PortnoyEditorKenneth Portnoy

Paperback | August 9, 1998

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Screen Adaptation : A Scriptwriting Handbook, 2nd ed. examines the challenge screenwriters face when adapting novels, plays, and short stories for the screen. Thoroughly updated to include new exercises and example from current films, this book provides practical, usable information on how to find the best plot line for a script, choose key characters, and understand the goals and formats of different genres.

Topics include:
determining which characters and events are most valuable on developing the main story;
expanding short novellas and condensing long novels;
using dialog to advance the story and reveal character;
comparing the formats of plays, short stories, and novels to those of screenplays
approaching the marketplace

In this book, both beginning writers and professionals will find the tools necessary to evaluate a prospective source and create a successful screenplay
Title:Screen Adaptation: A Scriptwriting HandbookFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.68 inPublished:August 9, 1998Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0240803493

ISBN - 13:9780240803494

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Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Principles of Dramatic Writing; Characterization; Structure; Kramer vs Kramer; Social Issue; Case History of The Bridges of Madison County; The Short Story; Case History of The English Patient; Plays; Dialog and the Marketplace; Appendix; Bibliography; Index